From the President
Summer 2017

Dear Friends:

As this is written, we are preparing for our summer board meeting and to wrap up our 152nd fiscal year of operations at Ottawa University. As I enter my 10th year as president of this special place, I look back in awe at what has been accomplished over the decade and forward with real optimism about what lies in front of us despite many challenges.

In particular, I am grateful that this past year we achieved the highest enrollment at our College in Ottawa since 1975, we were able to reverse a multi-year downtrend in new enrollments in our adult sites with a gain of 14% in new students and we announced the opening of our new residential branch campus in Surprise, Arizona. Taken together, these are momentous achievements for our University and come at a fortuitous moment in our institutional life.

These gains are made possible by new academic programs such as those in nursing, business, and in the international student arena where OU has once again managed to establish a highly successful Executive MBA program for students in the U.S. who come from international backgrounds. They are also made possible by a talented and enormously dedicated board of trustees, faculty, staff, and administrative team that day in and day out demonstrate their commitment to our mission and vision.

After some years of painful contraction (primarily in the adult markets), we are again repositioning OU for some significant new growth. In fact, we are budgeting revenues to grow by over 20% this coming year - the first such growth in many years - driven by new programs, the new campus in Arizona and enhanced fundraising. Very few educational institutions can even dream of such numbers in this day and age, and in that and many other ways we are blessed.

This growth is essential to us as we remain a tuition driven institution. However, through your generosity, our ratio of donated income to that of tuition is steadily improving. You - our friends, alumni, and donors - are key to all we do here. For your prayers, your referrals and your support in all of its forms, we are humbled and grateful.
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of Spirit Magazine.

In the Ottawa spirit,

Kevin C. Eichner ’73, MBA, LLD ’08

 



Of Art and Autism

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Arizona, Faculty/Staff, "School of Arts and Sciences"

Traci Brown believes it was divine intervention that led her to her career path in behavioral health. “When I was 15 years old, I started working in a church preschool where one little guy didn’t develop along with the others. He opened the door for me to explore how to reach him, and...

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A Graduation Tradition

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

The first time Kelli Munsterman and Mary Melton graduated together, they were 14. It was eighth grade graduation at East Middle School in Leavenworth, Kansas, and the pair had met just the year before. Mary was new at school, transferring from a private school in town to the local public school...

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Passing the Tassel

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Alumni, Arizona

Traditions have to start somewhere, and Joann Moore thought she might just as well be the source of this one. After all, as the matriarch of the family, it was her right. And though it had symbolically been done for her, she was adding a physical representation to it and setting it in stone.

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New Choral Director Named

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", "Current Students", Faculty/Staff, "School of Arts and Sciences", "The College"

Dr. Joseph P. Nadeau has been named the new director of choral music at The College. He succeeds Dr. Jeff Anderson, who served in the capacity between 2008 and 2012. Nadeau brings nearly two decades of music education experience, working with students of all age levels in Maine, Colorado and...

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From the President

Posted by cservaes on September 17, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Community, "Current Students"

At this writing, summer is winding down, although I have found it advisable to visit our Arizona campuses to escape the Kansas heat! I hope it has been an enjoyable and pleasant one for each of you. There is anticipation and excitement, as well as challenge, as we ready our institution for our...

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